The McMillan Arts Centre was converted into a pseudo-recording studio recently for musicians Brian Buchanan

MAC in Parksville turned into recording studio

The trio had played at concert at the art gallery the night before

The McMillan Arts Centre was recently turned into a pseudo-recording studio last month.

After a concert at the MAC, Brian Buchanan on piano, Geoff Bowen on drums and Ken Lister on bass got together for one more day to record an album.

Buchanan said having the concert the night before helped with the one-day recording.

“We kind of got into a bit of a groove with each other. There was kind of a bit of a connection happening there,” Buchanan said.

Buchanan said the idea for the recording was Luis Porretta’s idea.

Buchanan said Porretta, who is producing the album, had talked to Bowen about recording an album.

“He asked Geoff about doing a project and he said he would really like to do it with me,” Buchanan said, adding that he and Bowen go back a long time.

As for choosing the venue to record, Porretta said the MAC has a great piano and it was a nice intimate venue.

“Jazz performances are nice to have in an intimate venue,” Porretta said. “The best jazz clubs are crowded.”

Ron Vermeulen of Dragonfly Mobile Recording in Fanny Bay was helping out for the day with the recording.

Buchanan said it usually takes six or seven hours to record enough music to get an album, but Buchanan said they were making good progress on the album.

“We’re not being as picky as I might be in other situations, so one take has worked on three or four tunes so far,” Buchanan said.

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